Panasonic TX-P46VT20B review

Panasonic continues to set the pace with 3D

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Panasonic tx p46vt20b

Boasting bamboo speakers and a subwoofer, the TX-P46VT20B has clearly had more attention lavished on its audio than most slim TVs. And this pays off in some areas, as you can hear subtle details in a mix that are lost to most rivals; enjoy treble effects that don't sound harsh; and become embroiled in a mid-range of impressive dynamism and openness.

The only let-down is the subwoofer, which doesn't really provide as much of a bass undercurrent as expected.

Value

Although the TX-P46VT20B is hardly cheap for a 46in TV, it does happen to have definitely the best 3D pictures and arguably the best 2D pictures the 46in market currently has to offer. Plus, you get a couple of 3D glasses worth £100 each and a Wi-Fi dongle thrown in for free, as it were.

Ease of use

While there's nothing truly bad about the TX-P46VT20B's operating system, it certainly feels in need of a pretty major overhaul ahead of Panasonic's next TV generation.

The onscreen menus, for instance, are almost painfully bland, only showing the occasional hint of the sort of graphical flair increasingly used by other brands. For the most part, exploring the TX-P46VT20B is a slightly tortuous drudge through lots of text. Some aspects of the menu organisation feel unnecessarily confusing too, with the decision to shove the Intelligent Frame Creation options, Resolution booster and overscan on/off tools into a vague 'Other Settings' menu section rather than the main picture menus being particularly unhelpful.

The remote is also in need of a revamp. It's comfortable to hold and responsive, but aspects of its rather dated layout are starting to crumble under the assault from all the new features Panasonic TVs now carry.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerPAL
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyViera
3D Type3D
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27.50 kg
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand763 mm
Width with Stand1138 mm
Depth with Stand335 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory1500
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height724 mm
Width1138 mm
Depth85 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Text (PAT), Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Web Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Teletext
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelTX-P46VT20B
Product NameViera TX-P46VT20B Plasma TV
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP46VT20B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

FULL HD 3D makes you feel as if you'd stepped out of your living room and into the world on the screen. The viewing experience has never been so lifelike and compelling. The technology in which the left-eye and right-eye 3D images are sent to the viewer is the key to 3D image quality. For this, FULL HD 3D uses something called the Frame Sequential technology. A separate high quality image is sent to each eye. This addresses the image quality problems and blurring that were common to previous 3D systems, and creates sharp, crisp 3D images.

Package Contents
  • Viera TX-P46VT20B Plasma TV
  • 2 x Pairs of 3D Eyewear
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)24.50 kg